Jack Catterall became the third man from Chorley to win a British boxing title after defeating super-lightweight champion Tyrone Nurse.
The 24-year-old admitted his ‘dreams have come true’ after claiming the scalp of Nurse at the Leeds Arena, where the bout acted as chief support to Josh Warrington’s IBF world featherweight title final eliminator against Dennis Ceylan.
Catterall, who went the full 12 rounds for the second time in his career, was declared a unanimous decision winner after judges Michael Alexander, John Keane and Bob Williams scored the contest 118-111, 116-113 and 115-114 respectively.
Victory for Catterall, who improved his record to 19-0 (10 KOs), means he becomes Chorley’s third Lord Lonsdale title holder, the first at super-lightweight, with welterweight Michael Jennings and lightweight Carl Crook being the other two champions.
“Firstly, I want to say big respect to Tyrone Nurse, he will always be a champion and he’s a tough man, he’ll definitely come again,” said Catterall.
“I’m pleased with my performance, it was a close, tough fight, I new it wouldn’t be easy but I trained hard and that paid off.
“When you first start out in the pro ranks, I think every fighter dreams of winning a British title and I think it’s fair to say that my dreams have come true.
“I’m over the moon and so proud that I was able to win the belt off a great champion in Tyrone and become the third man from Chorley to win a British title.”
A somewhat gritty and gruelling affair, the fight was evenly fought throughout the contest with no boxer gaining a real upper hand.
However, the cleaner and smarter work appeared to come from the Chorley man, with Catterall showing he possesses excellent boxing skills alongside power in both hands.
An impressive victory live in front of the BT Sport cameras, Catterall now has a wealth of options at super-lightweight as victory reaffirmed the stance of him being one of the hottest properties domestically in the division.
“I’ve had a tough, long camp and I’ll be taking some time off to recover,” he added.
“There are plenty of options for me moving forward, I’d love to win this title outright, but there are other options that myself, trainer, Haroon Headley, promoter Frank Warren and my management team at MTK Global will sit down and discuss.
“At the moment, I want to enjoy this win, I want to say thank you to the travelling support – the conditions for travelling were awful on Saturday but they still turned out, I can’t thank you enough.”